Volume 43 No. 02
February 2012











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Helping Hand

It Happens at Xavier

1834 XU Open House

The Office of Admissions will host its annual "Explore Xavier” Open House Feb. 9 from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. in the University Center, 3rd floor Ballroom.

Prospective students, parents, and school counselors are invited to meet faculty and students representing various majors and programs offered by the University. Tours of the University will be available during the evening.

Call the Admissions Office at 504-520-7388 for more info.

1834 Basketball Update

MEN: The Gold Rush, ranked No. 25 in the NAIA national poll, are 16-6 overall and 6-2 in the GCAC.

The Nuggets, ranked No. 17 in the NAIA national poll, are 17-7 overall and 7-1 in the GCAC.

The GCAC postseason tournament begins March 1 in Jacksonville FL.
Check HERE for the latest updates on both teams.

1834 CUR Receives Mellon Grant

The XU Center for Undergraduate Research (CUR) has been awarded a $300,000 grant by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. It is the Mellon Foundation’s third grant to the CUR, which it has supported since 2003.

In 2011, CUR distributed $307,622 in support of faculty-student research. Many of those research projects were on public display during the bi-annual, two-day Festival of Scholars. It also provided funding for the University’s online journal (XULAneXUS), a semi-annual publication published by and for students.

1834 Tennis Opens
2012 Season

Xavier’s tennis teams will get a heavy concentration of ranked NAIA opponents and NCAA Division I opponents in 2012.

Approximately 65 percent of both teams' schedules will consist of opponents which were ranked in the final 2011 NAIA coaches top 25 poll or are NCAA D-I members.

XU opened the season last weekend with a dual meet loss at Division I Tulane. The first home meet is Feb. 1 vs. UNO at the City Park/Pepsi Tennis Center.

Visit HERE for the complete schedule.

1834 IBCS Conducting
Early Admission

Early admission for the 2012 Institute for Black Catholic Studies (IBCS) is currently underway NOW through March 15.

The IBCS is a school of ministry for clergy, religious and laypersons working in the Black community and Catholic Church that convenes each summer at Xavier. Session dates for 2012 are June 22 – July 14.

The Master's Program offers a three-week course of pastoral theological studies. Certificate & Enrichment courses (for catechists, youth/young adult ministers, parish leaders, elders) are held in three one-week modules.

For more info, including scholarship application deadline, visit HERE or call 504-520-7691.

1834 Alumni Chapters Annnounce Events

The Dallas Alumni Chapter’s Annual Mardi Gras Ball and Scholarship Fundraiser will be held Feb. 11 from 8:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. at Reflection on Spring Creek, 1901 Spring Creek Parkway, in Plano TX. Tickets are $55. To purchase tickets e-mail xualumniofdfw@yahoo.com or mail payment to the XULA DFW Alumni, P.O. Box 226180, Dallas, TX 75222 or through Pay Pal to xualumniofdfw@yahoo.com.

The Atlanta Alumni Chapter will hold its Annual St. Katharine Drexel Feast Day Celebration
March 18 with a Mass at 10:00 a.m. followed by Brunch at 1:00 p.m. Tickets are $50. For more info contact Chapter President, James Paschal at (229) 886-2349.

It’s smiles all around at the ribbon-cutting signifying the official opening of the new energy efficient St. Joseph Academic & Health Resource Center. Taking part in the event are (from left) Manning Architects reps Miwako Hattori and William Raymond Manning, Woodward Construction rep Paul Flowers, XU President Norman Francis, SGA president Kaitlyn Gaddis, Board members Mary Keller Zervigon and Sister Patricia Suchalski, S.B.S., and Xavier’s Dr. Harold Vincent and Carolyn Thomas.

photo by Irving Johnson III


Xavier has established two new undergraduate degree programs both of which build upon the University’s strengths in the disciplines of communication and health sciences.

The new majors, which will be offered for the first time in the fall semester 2012, include the Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies (CMST) and the Bachelor of Science in Public Health Sciences (PHS).


As the University's priority deadline of March 1 fast approaches, XU Dean of Admissions, Winston D. Brown, reports that there is a robust application pool for fall 2012.

An impressive group of 1,070 freshmen have qualified for “early action” decisions – an increase of 13 per cent over the same time last year. Though acceptances for the various science disciplines remain strong, this increase spans most offerings of the University.

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Raven Jackson, a P2 pharmacy student from Palmetto LA (North Central High School), is congratulated by educator, author, and keynote speaker Dr. Steve Perry after she was awarded a Student Community Service Award during the 26th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Week for Peace convocation, hosted by Xavier.

photo by Irving Johnson III


Raven Jackson, a P2 pharmacy student from Palmetto LA, was honored for her community service during the 26th annual Martin Luther King, Jr., Week for Peace Celebration.

She was recognized for embodying the true spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. as a community leader and a spirit for change in various efforts to restore, rebuild and renew the New Orleans community.


Sister Monica Loughlin, S.B.S., has been named to Assistant to the President for Catholic Identity and Mission Integration at Xavier University of Louisiana.

In her new role, Loughlin is charged with promoting the integration of Xavier’s mission and core values into the everyday life of the University. It is designed to assure the university’s Catholic ministry and mission-related programs reflect the university’s commitment to maintaining high standards, emphasizing Xavier’s distinctive role as the nation’s only Catholic HBCU (Historically Black Colleges and Universities). more


Accomplished professionals from the public and private sectors will visit the campus Feb. 12-14 to participate in the Office of Career Service’s annual Youth Motivation Task Force/Black Executive Exchange Program (YMTF/BEEP).

The team of 58 African American professionals, includes a Marine Corps general, attorneys, educators, entrepreneurs, a music producer, and representatives from various state and federal government agencies, the military, medicine/health sciences, fine arts, and the business arena.


For summer 2012, Xavier will continue to offer exciting pre-college and collegiate summer programs. Program offerings include the following:

Pre-collegiate Programs

- British Petroleum Math & Science Initiative
- BP STEM Summer Institute
            1) Summer Science Academy “Star” Programs – MathStar, BioStar, and ChemStar
            2) Louisiana Engineering Advancement Program (LEAP)
            3) Summer Program in Computer Science (new for Summer 2012)
- Center of Excellence Program
- Future Mathematics and Science Teacher (FMSTA) Academy
- Mardi Gras Indian Arts Program
- STEM Scholars Summer Bridge Program
- Stress on Analytical Reasoning (SOAR) 1
- SuperScholarEXCEL
- Upward Bound

Collegiate Programs

- Biomedical Scholar Summer Program (BSSP)
- Business Achievers Summer Program
- Partnerships for Research and Education in Materials (PREM) Summer Bridge
- New Orleans Urban Initiative Program - Bard College
- Summer Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Program

Check HERE for more detailed info.

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Dr. Loren Blanchard, Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs at Xavier said the new majors draw from Xavier’s strong liberal arts base and will largely showcase the talents and expertise of the university faculty.

“We are pleased that these programs are equally grounded in our general education requirements that span from African American studies, to philosophy and art,” Blanchard said of Xavier’s Core Curriculum that includes 60 hours of humanities, science and social science coursework. “From that foundation, both degree programs will help to place their respective graduates at the cutting edge of their disciplines.”



Valencia Potter, a senior biology major from Mobile AL (Murphy High), was awarded both the Student’s Choice Award at LSU’s Triple EX Conference and the 2011 ABRCMS Presentation Award at the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students held in St. Louis MO for her research in molecular and computational biology.


Audrey Browder, M.Ed '69, Th.M ’11, has been elected president of the Neighborhood Housing Services Board of Directors in New Orleans.

Stanley Gaddis '87, honored as the 2011 Teacher of the Year at Redan High School in Decatur GA where he teaches mathematics, has also been recognized as the District-Wide High School Teacher of the Year by the Dekalb County School District.

Trenise Harris ’07, has been accepted into the ED.D (Doctorate of Education) at Texas Southern University.

The husband and wife team of Archie Milton ’63 and Simonia E. Milton ’69 have published a book, She’s Vocal/He’s Instrumental: A True Story of Faith, Love and Music, and released their third gospel CD, Faith Through the Storm.

Rolando Urbina ’05, has accepted a position as the staff attorney for the Honorable Wilson Field, 19th Judicial District Court.

Otis Washington Jr. ‘61, who led St. Augustine High School (New Orleans) to three state football titles, was inducted into the Louisiana High School Association Hall of Fame at the LHSAA 2012 banquet.  


Dr. Lorean Blanchard
(Sr. VP, Academic Affairs) is serving on the New Orleans Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.

Dr. Thomas Bonner, Jr. (Emeritus) served as a consultant to the University of Alabama Press. His reviews on American literary studies were recently published in Choice.

Dr. David Lanoue
(RosaMary Professor of English), published his essay, “Issa y las ranas” [Issa and Frogs], in the Spanish journal Hojas en la acera. He also provided the English translation in the recently published bilingual Spanish-English book by Fernando López Rodríguez, Luciérnagas en las manos/ Fireflies in My Hands.

Melinda Shelton (communications) pens the "Mid-City & More" column for the New Orleans Times-Picayune newspaper’s weekly neighborhoods section, which covers goings-on in the DeSaix neighborhood, the Fair Grounds, Bayou St. John, and even parts of Central City.

Joan Ulmer ’85 (psychology/sociology) has joined the staff as an administrative specialist for the departments. 

According to Dr. Ross Louis, chair of XU Department of Communications, the new Communication Studies program will offer students unprecedented career flexibility and, more broadly, will allow them to build personal communication skills applicable to a variety of career options or further study at the graduate level.

“Today, virtually every professional job requires effective communication skills,” said Louis, pointing to career fields in arts and entertainment, business, education, healthcare, government, law, non-profits, and social and human services. “Having a fundamental understanding of how and why people communicate in the way that they do can translate into a remarkable advantage in the workplace.”

He said the new focus is especially suited for students to better navigate the demands of today’s global society.

“Communication is essential to the world experience,” said Louis. “Our students will learn about the different peoples of the world not just by studying their language, culture and history, but how they themselves communicate with one another. Communication Studies students will have the ability to view the  world primarily through the lens of communications.”

Students following the CMST curriculum will need to complete 128 semester hours, including 42 in the major in applied communication, performance studies and rhetorical studies. The program also provides opportunities for collaborative research with faculty. In keeping with the University’s social justice mission, all students must complete six hours of service-learning coursework.

1834 XU in the News

1Diverse Issues
XU First HBCU to
Land Confucius Institute
MLK Speaker) Believes Children Deserve a Fight
1New Orleans Tribune
NCF Endowed Scholarship Party/Concert (pg. 12-13)
2Shreveport Times
The Mission for Black Colleges Continues
1U.S. Catholic
Preferential Option for the Poor at Catholic Colleges

The new Public Health Sciences major also aligns with the Xavier mission.

According to Dr. Leonard Jack, Jr., chair and professor in the new Public Health Sciences Department, the new curriculum encourages strong critical thinking skills. Public Health majors will consider the broad social implications of chronic diseases, and learn how to develop, implement, and evaluate tailored health and wellness strategies meant to curb the impact and prevalence of these health concerns.

Jack said PHS graduates will be ready for entry-level careers and prepared to pursue graduate studies in an array of public health tracks.

“Louisiana and Mississippi have some of the worst health care outcomes in the nation,” said Jack. “There is a great need to train a work force to serve in this region, as well as to meet the growing shortage of public health professionals nationwide.”

Students following the PHS curriculum will need to complete 130 semester hours, including 36 in the public health major. PHSC students will also serve senior internships at an approved public health site.

Xavier President, Dr. Norman C. Francis, praised the university faculty and academic departments for their efforts to be responsive to market needs and make Xavier graduates more competitive in a rapidly changing market.

“We recognize the challenges our graduates face as they embark on a career and we aim to not only sufficiently train them, but also equip them with the advantages and exceptional educational experiences that will be essential to their success,” Francis said.

The two programs will welcome their inaugural classes during the fall of 2012. Both chairs report significant interest in the new majors among current and prospective students.

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Applications from Louisiana students are steady, but we are continuing to see interest from applicants from throughout our region and across the country,” said Brown. “Because of the competition for admission slots, it is important that students who are serious about attending Xavier apply as early as possible.”
Applicants show a distinct preference for the online application. Online applications have increased 85 percent for the fall 2012 class. The use of the Common Application has increased to 37 percent of all applications.
Meanwhile, enrollment at the University for the spring 2012 semester holds steady at 3,175 students. This number includes 89 new or returning undergraduates.

Brown said this is evidence that enrollment is strong in spite of the tough economic times. “A Xavier education remains a great value and rewarding experience,” he said.

Interested students should apply ONLINE.

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Jackson, who prepped at North Central High School, has totally embraced the institution’s mission of “promoting a more just and humane society,” dedicating countless hours of service and leadership to programs offered by the XU Center for Student Leadership and Service.

She has served as a Peer Dean for the New Student Orientation and a Project coordinator for the OURstory volunteer programs, where she was responsible for assisting new Xavier students and their parents with the transition into college and for planning, implementing and overseeing a volunteer program that reads African American stories to Kindergarten through 3rd graders students.

For the past three years, she has been one of the lead coordinators for Xavier’s monthly Service days that occur throughout the academic year, and for the past two years has served on the Day of Service committee for the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Week of Peace.

Jackson also excels academically, maintaining a 3.60 GPA as a second-year (P2) student in the College of Pharmacy.

She was one of the four students from the MLK Week-sponsoring local institutions (XU, Tulane, Dillard and Loyola) to receive a community service award during the convocation. Legendary New Orleans jazz musician/educator Ellis Marsalis, patriarch of the musical Marsalis family, was presented the Presidential Lifetime Achievement Award during the same event.

Educator and author Dr. Steve Perry Poet delivered the keynote address at the MLK Week’s signature convocation. Other MLK events included an interfaith service, expressions of unity celebration, and community service day.

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The creation of the new position spawns from a three-year University-wide task force study on Mission and Ministry.

Loughlin will also continue to serve as Director of Freshman Seminar. She has previously served in various other administrative positions at Xavier, including Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. She has also served as national president of the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament (SBS).

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In addition to pre-arranged visits to classrooms to share their stories and give advice on how to succeed in life after college, the consultants will be available to meet with individual students Feb. 13 from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. in the University Center.

This year’s YMTF/BEEP team, chaired by XU Director of Career Services Carolyn Duvigneaud Thomas ’71, includes 23 other alumni, including: Dr. Kenneth Boutte ’76, Chad Broussard ’99, Lynette Causey ’72, Carl Hill ’06, Kevin Hill ’88, Kristi Hubbard ’78, Frank Joshua ’84, Algernon Kelley ’04, Amanda Kelley ’06, Joseph Jones ’90, Clark Knighten ’79, Kristie Lebeau ’95, Ambrose Martin ’76, Vernon Martin ’73, Giovanni Morris ’90, Dylan Penny ’97, Rita Reed ’02, Howard Rodgers ’04, Randall Schexnayder ’80, Mizell Scott ’85, Mia Wallace ’02, Victor Labat ’55, and Christina Pappion ’03.

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